Exploration stage is when the individual begins to investigate the careers that are of interest to them by “trying things out” through classes, work experience, and/or hobbies, and generally happen around age 15-20. They learn the skills that are required and develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter career fields that appeal to them.
Project Aspiro, “The Career Development Process.” Online: http://projectaspiro.com/en/friends-and-family/Pages/Career-Development-process.aspx (Retrieved on August 14, 2014)
Shepard, Blythe C. and Priya S. Mani, “Career Development for Students.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.355.